Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE)

Teaching English for Academic Purposes

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Accommodation Homestay

Price Range £796.00 per week

Price Includes Course fees, accommodation, social programme

Beginners Not for beginners

Class Size 16 maximum

Course Length 2 weeks

Town / City & Region Norwich , Eastern England

Tuition Style Group

Tuition Hours Per Week 25.0

Ages 18 - 65

Course Type Teachers

Other Information

All of our teacher development courses are eligible for ERASMUS+ funding
Course Overview
The number of students studying for their bachelor’s or postgraduate degrees abroad is increasing at the same time that the use of English as a medium of instruction is spreading. The result is a mounting demand for teachers with an awareness of the key issues involved in teaching EAP, and a knowledge of the main and the most effective solutions to counter these. This course provides participants with an overview of the major concerns of those teaching and researching EAP, extending awareness of theory and best practice.
Who is the course suitable for?
  • Teachers working on or wishing to work on pre-sessional and in-sessional English courses at tertiary level, either in the UK or in contexts overseas where English is needed for study purposes
  • Participants with a minimum language level corresponding to B2/C1 on the Common European Framework
What will the course include?
All course participants receive a pre-course questionnaire, which should be returned prior to the course. This is to ensure that the areas of most relevance to participants are covered. However, topics are likely to be drawn from the following main areas:
  • Exploring approaches and methods in teaching EAP
  • Establishing student needs recognising situational constraints
  • Conducting discourse and genre analysis
  • Dealing with content in the EAP classroom
  • Carrying out materials evaluation
  • Designing materials
  • Teaching study skills
  • Exploring cross-cultural and intercultural dimensions in EAP classrooms
  • Conducting a variety of assessment types in EAP contexts
  • Exploring EAP course design


Time will be built into the course for reflection and for participants to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to classrooms in their own professional contexts.

All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness.
How long is the course?
The 50-hour course provision is built around intensive tuition from trainers who are experts in the field of teaching English for academic purposes and also includes opportunities for reading and research, as well as guest lectures from well-known figures in the field of ELT. Classes are held from Monday to Friday and take place as detailed in the course-specific timetable but always within the hours 0915 – 1715.
What approach is used?
  • Classes will be practical and ‘hands-on’, but with reference to relevant theory.
  • Courses are participant-centred, involving tasks providing memorable learning contexts.
  • Tasks will be used to illustrate the key course objectives through procedure and content.
  • The approach includes opportunities for exploring key and contemporary issues
Facilities and resources
NILE course participants have free access to an extensive ELT library and a modern suite of computers with a broadband Internet link. The NILE course venues have a wireless (Wi-Fi) environment. Each course has a Moodle online learning environment where course materials and views of course participants can be shared digitally. This is kept active for at least six months beyond the course so you can keep in touch with your fellow course participants.

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